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  INVOC Coaching and Training Series 

The autumn series will begin after the summer holidays.  There will be three sessions, with a general theme/focus of route choice.  The sessions will be suitable for yellow to black standard orienteers - subject to coach availability.

  • Session 1: Saturday 25th August: Kinmylies 
  • Session 2: Sunday Oct 14th: venue to be confirmed
  • Session 3: Sunday Nov 18th: venue to be confirmed

Juniors- Join in with the INVOC Talon Training Squad at each of these sessions (up to TD3).  Sessions include route choice and Relocation. Requests for coaching themes always welcome.


Session 1: Saturday 25th August: Kinmylies (meet Kinmylies Community Centre)

Urban coaching: As a lead in to our urban series Chris Smithard, GB athlete finishing 14th in 2017 World Champs Sprint, will be running some urban orienteering clinics for us assisted by our coaches.  The focus is on route choice, planning and picturing the control site.  These are open to adults and juniors at high school only (due to urban orienteering restrictions).   

INVOC Talon Training SquadThere will be some coaching available run by INVOC coaches for primary school age juniors up to TD3 in the afternoon session (INVOC Talon Training Squad)..

Costs: Urban sprint coaching with Chris Smithard: £6 junior/ £10 senior (for a morning or afternoon session). INVOC coaching for primary school age children £2 (afternoon session only).

Numbers will be limited to 10 people per session.  There may therefore be a need to cap numbers, though we may be able to arrange an extra session.  If numbers allow it is hoped that one of the sessions will be for juniors and the other for seniors.

To register: Chris Smithard's training sessions and the junior Talons Training Squad session (up to TD2/3) run by Jacquie Laird are now full.  If you want to go on a waiting list please email James Laird  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Coaches' Tips

For those of you who need to brush up on your control description symbols, they are all here


If you want  an idea of what techniques you need to be mastering next, have a look at the BOF step system chart here

New Coaches

We always have room for more coaches. If you love orienteering, working with youngsters/adult beginners and want to pass your skills onto others, you're the person we are looking for.

The current system for qualifying as a coach involves attending a one day Coaching Foundation Course followed by a 2 day residential course at Glenmore Lodge to take you to UKCC Level 1. This would then qualify you to coach up to TD3 with certain restrictions. Funding is normally available to cover the cost of courses.

Further details and dates are on the SOA website

Suzanne would be happy to answer any queries you may have about the process - just email coaching"at"

Junior Badges and Incentives

Star Awards

We are intending to implement a new * Star * Award system shortly which will enable juniors to keep track of their own progression through learning the different skills and help coaches to fill in any gaps. Folders and record sheets will be given out at Abriachan.

Juniors! Collect event badges for attendance at events. Badges are awarded after attending 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 events. Download your event record sheets here, or contact the coaching team - coaching"at"

Record sheet - events 1 to 10

Record sheet - events 11 to 25

Record sheet - events 26 to 40

Record sheet - events 41 to 50